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'''Shelby Dade Foote, Jr.''' (November 17, 1916 – June 27, 2005) was an American historian and novelist who wrote ''The Civil War: A Narrative'', a three-volume history of the war. With geographic and cultural roots in the Mississippi Delta, Foote's life and writing paralleled the radical shift from the agrarian planter system of the Old South to the Civil Rights era of the New South. Foote was little known to the general public until his appearance in Ken Burns's PBS documentary ''The Civil War (documentary)|The Civil War'' in 1990, where he introduced a generation of Americans to a war that he believed was "central to all our lives." Foote did all his writing by hand with a Dip pen|nib pen, disdaining the typewriter.
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Birth placeGreenville, Mississippi, United States
Death date{{death date and age|2005|6|27|1916|11|17}}
Death placeMemphis, Tennessee, United States
Occupationnovelist, historian
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Notableworks''The Civil War: A Narrative''
InfluencesWilliam Faulkner, Marcel Proust, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Tacitus, Thucydides, Charles Dickens, Walker Percy
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Signature|spouse=Tess Lavery (1944–46)
Marguerite "Peggy" Desommes (1948–52; 1 child)
Gwyn Rainer (1956–2005; 1 child)
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